Defense

Department of Energy Risking Nuclear Deterrence and National Security (From RealClearDefense) According to the recent 2018 Nuclear Posture review, a smoothly functioning nuclear weapons industrial base is essential to a credible strategic deterrent. The Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee and the Pantex Plant in Texas are key sites that [Read More...]
Air Force Data Grab Raises Doubts About Its Acquisition Culture (From Forbes) Lockheed Martin took the unusual step this week of protesting an Air Force competition long before the winner is due to be selected.  The company complained that it was being pressed to provide technical data about its entry in the [Read More...]
Tanks To Ohio: How Trump’s Industrial Policy Shop Leverages Pentagon Spending To Create Jobs (From Forbes) One of the oddest features of policymaking in the federal government is that little effort is made to connect defense goals with economic goals.  Decisionmakers have often behaved as if there was no connection between the two areas.  Now the [Read More...]
Defense Firms Are Ready To Invest But Pentagon Must Make Good On Acquisition Reforms (From The National Interest) For years, senior Pentagon officials have been hectoring defense companies to put more “skin in the game” by increasing their spending on research and development and investing more of their own money on infrastructure and production technologies. The Pentagon wanted [Read More...]
Five Reasons The Army Must Keep Modernizing Today’s Weapons While It Tries To Leap Ahead (From Forbes) The U.S. Army is finally getting enough money to fund an adequate modernization program.  Army leaders have big plans for how they will build a more lethal, survivable and mobile force.  However, it would be a big mistake to try [Read More...]
Drones Will Surpass IED Threat In Future Conflicts (From RealClearDefense) The weapon system that personified the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and shaped the behavior of the U.S. military for almost fifteen years was the Improvised Explosive Device (IED). IEDs were responsible for approximately two-thirds of U.S. and Coalition casualties [Read More...]
Textron’s Scorpion Jet: Disruptive Technology, Disruptive Business Model (From Forbes) Textron’s Scorpion armed recon jet is unique.  There’s no other plane like it in the world — which in a way is why the company developed it.  After conducting a market survey at the beginning of the decade, Providence, RI-based [Read More...]
Cyber Assault On Electric Grid Could Make U.S. Feel Like Post-Hurricane Puerto Rico (From Forbes) If a mass power outage were to result from a successful cyberattack on the electric grid, national security and economic stability would be threatened. This is because hospitals, banks, factories, pipelines, financial networks, water systems, telecommunications and military bases would [Read More...]
U-2 Versus Global Hawk: Why Drones Aren’t Always The Best Solution For Warfighters (From Forbes) The Air Force has been struggling of late to determine whether manned or unmanned aircraft are best-suited to generating useful high-altitude intelligence and recon.  The answer isn’t so obvious.  On the one hand, the service’s Global Hawk unmanned aircraft can [Read More...]
Boeing Views Navy’s MQ-25 Carrier-Based Drone Contract As A Must Win (from Forbes) After two decades of experimenting with how unmanned aircraft might fit into a carrier air wing, the Navy has settled on a concept: it wants an aerial-refueling drone that can extend the reach of carrier-based fighters to 1000 nautical miles.   [Read More...]
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